Launch Day Blitz + Excerpt & Giveaway: Untold by Shannon Richards

Untold by Shannon Richards
Series: Country Roads #7 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: September 5th 2017
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SOMETIMES LOVE HAS A PLAN OF ITS OWN . . .

Brie Davis came to Mirabelle, Florida, for one thing: the funeral of her birth mother-a woman she never had a chance to know. Now Brie must sort through her mother’s life to get the answers she was denied. She plans to leave as soon as she can . . . except the sexy veterinarian makes Brie’s pulse beat faster than she’s willing to admit.

Finn Shepherd knows Brie’s only in town for a short while, but he can’t stay away. Instead he finds himself looking for more reasons to keep her close. Finn’s already had his fair share of heartbreak, yet Brie makes him want to take that risk again. Now all Finn has to do is convince her to take a chance on him . . . before she disappears from his life forever.

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Now here’s an excerpt from Country Roads! ❤

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“Are you leaving soon?”

“In a bit. I want to see the end of the game.”

“Really now?” He leaned in close to her again. And for what was probably the fiftieth time that night she could smell the clean masculine scent that clung to him. Soap and maybe a little aftershave combined with him. He smelled incredible.

So. Damn. Good.

“Yeah, I’m a Stampede fan now. I’m in it to win it.” She couldn’t stop herself from leaning in a bit closer herself.

“Commitment, I like it.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah.” His smile grew and his eyes got more intense, the blue getting deeper. “It’s not the only thing I like either.”

“What else do you like?” Her voice dropped low as she spoke. Oh God, the more time she spent with him, the more he affected her. The closer he got to her, the more he affected her. The more he looked at her, the more he affected her.

He just affected her.

“About you? The list keeps growing, and growing. Give me twenty minutes and I’d be happy to tell you about it. In great detail.”

Her stomach flipped and the air in her lungs caught. This time her inability to breath had nothing to do with suffocating pressure. “What happens in twenty minutes?” She somehow managed to ask.

“The game is over.” He turned just a little bit so he could incline his head toward the TV, not taking his eyes off of her while he did it.

“You don’t need to stay here? Until closing?”

“Nope, just came in to help with the rush during the game. I’m free after that.”

“Right,” she nodded slowly, her stomach doing a summersault. “And if I said yes? What happens then?”

He moved back so that he was standing directly in front of her again, leaning in close. The nearness of him combined with the way he was looking at her and the topic of conversation—that she was 99.9% sure was one about them having sex—was making her pulse race. And that wasn’t the only thing he was doing to her. It was taking everything in her not to squirm in her seat. She somehow managed to subtly press her thighs together. It was all she could do to combat the swelling ache.

Reading Order: Country Roads series

   
 

#1 ~ Undone: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Undeniable: EbookPaperbackGoodreads
#3 ~ Unstoppable: EbookPaperbackGoodreads
#4 ~ Unforgettable: EbookPaperbackGoodreads
#4.5 ~ Undressed: EbookPaperbackGoodreads
#5 ~ Unsung: EbookPaperbackGoodreads
#6 ~ Uncontrollable: EbookPaperbackGoodreads
#7 ~ Untold: EbookPaperbackGoodreads

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Shannon Richard grew up in the Florida Panhandle as the baby sister of two overly protective but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English Literature and still lives in Tallahassee where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy, Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she’s a pretty big fan of the whimsy.

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Top Ten Tuesday {17}: Books I Read In 2013

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

Okay, um, do you know how hard today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is? IT FREAKING IS. I don’t even know how I’ll only fit 10 of my top reads of 2013. So… I cheated a little.

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover This Girl by Colleen Hoover

1. Losing Hope (Hopeless #2), Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5), This Girl (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hoover
My reviews: Losing Hope | Finding Cinderella | This Girl

Colleen Hoover is literally my favorite author of all time, and with every single one of her books I end up loving with my whole heart!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The most adorable book I’ve ever read! E&P is and forever will be one of my all-time favorite books!

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

3. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels #2), No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (#3) by Sarah MacLean
My reviews: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover | No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

This is the BEST historical romance series I’ve ever read! LOVE Cross and Temple!

Bully by Penelope Douglas Until You by Penelope Douglas

4. Bully (Fall Away #1), Until You (#1.5) by Penelope Douglas
My reviews: Bully | Until You

Two words: Jared. Trent. ❤

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

5. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) Alice Clayton

This is the funniest book I’ve ever read. Seriously, it made my sides hurt from laughing and giggling.

Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie Ricochet by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie Addicted for Now by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

6. Addicted to You (Addicted #1), Ricochet (#1.5), Addicted for Now (#2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
My reviews: Addicted to You | Addicted for Now

So freaking ADDICTING!! And the characters are just too amazing. Love everything about this series!

Dare You To by Katie McGarry Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

7. Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2), Crash Into You (#3) by Katie McGarry
My reviews: Dare You To | Crash Into You

My favorite YA contemporary romance series ever! You can’t go wrong with Katie McGarry

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

8. Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1), Untold (#2) by Sarah Rees Brennan

Hilarious and awesome and badass pretty much sums up this series and these characters.

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

9. The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson
My Review

The most incredible conclusion to my favorite fantasy series ever.

Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

10. Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard #2), Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard #3) by Christina Lauren
My review: Beautiful Player

Ack, I just love Max and Will! Their stories are sooo good.

So what are your favorites of 2013?

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Joint Review: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: September 24th 2013
Purchase: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback

Free from bonds, but not each other

It’s time to choose sides… On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

Lacey here.

I have an intense love/hate relationship with Sarah Rees Brennan. On one hand, she’s created one of my absolute favorite series of all time. On the other… DO YOU KNOW HOW AGONIZING EACH BOOK IN THE AFOREMENTIONED SERIES IS TO READ??? Reading Unspoken and Untold was basically torture, but of the very best kind (is there even a good kind of torture?). I’ve become so sucked into the series’s world and characters that I can’t. stop. reading. But my heart can’t take any more angst! *goes off into the corner and cries*

So. Untold. Welp, all I can say is that I wholeheartedly LOVED it, despite the emotional pain/angst going on. I don’t know how these characters–moreover, Sarah Rees Brennan–do it. They made me fall even more in love with them than I already was after Unspoken. And god, the FEELS. I went from smiling like a lunatic one second to being completely horrified the next, and then I went from being pissed off to laughing my ass off. I just can’t handle all these feels, and yet I want MORE!

Kami is the most fantastic heroine EVER. I love her. Totally adore her. Mostly because she makes me laugh all the time, but also because she’s pretty unique. Yes, she’s the type of girl to go headlong into trouble to save everyone she loves, but the way she talks and acts is just so endearing (and funny). But oh my gosh, in the beginning of the book, I just felt so bad for her. Because Jared completely broke her heart at the end of Unspoken. And that is just… unacceptable. THESE TWO HAVE TO BE TOGETHER. They’re perfect for one another. But, Kami doesn’t exactly become all mopey because of Jared…

“Been chatting much with Jared?”
“We often have special moments where I come into a room and he immediately leaves,” Kami said. “I treasure those times.”

The entire book is basically this hilarious. GOD I love this series.

And Jared. This boy… I have so much love and anger for him. I love him, I really do, but I was just so frustrated with why he had to close Kami off. Jared doesn’t think highly of himself, at all. He thinks he doesn’t deserve love, when in fact, he does. He may not be loving and kind, but he’s loyal and fierce and passionate, and just… *swoon*. I just love this boy so much. And OH MY, the things he says and does later on in the book… *fans self*

The Lynburn Legacy series has THE BEST secondary characters ever. I seriously adore Angela and Rusty. These two siblings are the funniest characters I’ve ever read. And oh my gosh, I can’t even describe the magnitude of how much I love Rusty. He makes me laugh every timeand I totally wish he was real so I could have him all to myself.

One of the funniest parts of the book is with Kami’s father (who I love too!):

“Let me tell you about customs, James,” said Lillian. “I am not accustomed to being summoned to someone else’s home. You’re very fortunate that I came.”
“I am indeed blessed,” Dad told her. “I am also, by the way, called Jon.”
Lillian looked faintly surprised. “Are you?”
“Really?” Dad asked. “Really? I was the only Asian guy who went to our school. I kind of stood out. While you are an identical twin, and I still managed to know your name.”

But life’s not all laughter and sunshine in Sorry-in-the-Vale. Things do take a darker and more dangerous turn for these lovable characters. They have to fight against the evil sorcerers, and people do end up getting hurt. At times, it’s as if there’s no hope at all for the good guys, but they never give up.

I love this series so freaking much. It has the best characters I’ve ever read. Kami and Jared and Rusty and even Kami’s dad have wormed their way into my heart. I don’t think I can ever get enough of them.

5 hearts! And I want the next book NOW. *grabby hands*

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lacey

Shirley here.

I don’t know where to begin. I mean. I tried mentally preparing myself before reading this book since, as we all know, Sarah Rees Brennan is a monster and enjoys hearing, seeing, and tasting our pain (as disturbing as that sounds, it’s true okay).

But even with all the mental preparation, I WAS NOT AT ALL PREPARED. NOT EVEN 1%. OHMYJESUS HOW DO I EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN. Also, this review will have 200% more CAPS that any other review you will ever see by me on this blog. Which is saying a lot.

Sarah Rees writes in a way that draws the reader into the story and makes you feel as if you were a citizen in Sorry-in-the-Vale whilst all this commotion was happening. Uh, therefore you also feel like you’re third-wheeling in all of the Jami scenes (HINT HINT). BUT you also feel badass because you’re right next to them as they’re being badass so.

This book actually didn’t make me change my feelings on any of the characters! I just loved them all more and more. Except for Holly and Ash. Holly just bugs me and Ash just like. I can’t. Holly’s childlike reactions and actions annoyed me to no end. Sure I understand that she was afraid but come on giirl, step it up! And Ash. I understand why people love him, but like Holly, he just seems so needy and dependent on others. BUT I lovED JARED 10000000000000X more. Lacey is a witness in seeing my love for Jared, I literally went insane. I don’t even know how to clearly express my overwhelming love towards him. He’s a little frustrating, with pushing Kami back, and not self-confident in the slightest (except during the scene with Rusty where he gets a liiiitttllee bit cocky). But throughout the books he always downgrades himself =(

I’ve always had a neutral feeling with Kami, but I felt more sympathetic towards her in the book. (But I also got annoyed too, but let’s be real, when is there a book where you don’t get annoyed with the main character). It was pretty annoying when she would always assume things about Jared, but then again, I guess it was because as the reader, I knew more of what was going on than she did. (AYE DRAMATIC IRONY).

Of course RUSTY was just amazing and so was KAMI’S DAD. I feel like Rusty is going to be the type of father Kami’s dad is. SO CHILL AND FUN FAVORITE CHARACTERS. Truthfully as I’m writing this review I feel like everyone’s a favorite character hahaha. Do I even have to mention Angela? She was still off being bad-ass; the usual.

Before I leave I would like to gift you guys a special Jami scene that is close to my heart. *sobs* This scene made me cry violently and also increased my love of Jared. so.

“I don’t think you’re weak,” Jared said. “I want to guard you because you are important to me. Because you are – God, this is going to sound so stupid, I can never think of a way to say it – you are precious. I can never think of how to describe the value you have to me, because all the words for value suggest that you belong to me, and you don’t.”

Cue the screaming fangirls fangirl (i.e. me).

If you haven’t gone into the dark realm that is the Lynburn Legacy series, I suggest you PROCEED EAGERLY BUT WITH CAUTION.

6 HEARTS AND I WANT THE NEXT BOOK TO COME OUT BUT I ALSO DON’T BECAUSE IT’S THE LAST ONE NOOOO.

6-hearts

shirley

And now we leave you with one more thing…

Series Order: The Lynburn Legacy series

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

#1 ~ Unspoken: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Untold: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Unmade: Ebook • Hardcover • Goodreads

Book News, Weekly Recap, & Upcoming Releases! {2}

OMG OMG!!! If you didn’t know already, Colleen Hoover is writing a novella for Daniel, Holder’s best friend from Losing Hope! And it’s going to be posted on her website for free! AHHH!!! Here’s a sneak peak at his novella. From that little excerpt, I know the novella will be amazing. I already love it! I was super intrigued by Daniel in Losing Hope, since we never really get to know him in Hopeless, so I’m glad he’s getting his own novella.

Do you see this? DO YOU SEE THIS?? It’s Tahereh freaking Mafi saying that there will be another novella in the Shatter Me series from ADAM’s POV!!! I’m still Team Warner, mind you, but I still remember the time I was Team Adam, so of course I’m excited for his novella! (But I’m hoping the entire novella won’t be Adam whining lamenting over his love for Juliette. BE A MAN ADAM!!)

The synopsis for Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout came out! The book releases November 2nd 2013.

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant Series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

New Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan snippet here!!! AAHHHHHHH! Sometimes I don’t even know why I bother reading all these snippets. They only serve to make me overly emotional, and always in a bad way. Because JARED. IS. BEING. AN. ASS. I’m a total Team Jared, Jami/Kared fan, but come on! Why do you keep making my heart hurt, Sarah Rees Brennan? *cries*

So this week, I had a couple of cover reveals on the blog, and all were for books I’m dying to read!

World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee
And check out an excerpt of this book here!

World After by Susan Ee

Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3) by Karina Halle

Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

Finders Keepers (Lost and Found #3) by Nicole Williams

Finders Keepers by Nicole Williams

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

What I reviewed this past week:

PLUS! The Divergent movie trailer came out!

Upcoming releases next week:

  • Stripped by H.M. Ward
  • My Unexpected Forever (Beaumont #2) by Heidi McLaughlin
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Big fan of Holly Black, can’t wait to see how this books is!)
  • Everything For Us (The Bad Boys #3) by M. Leighton (AHHH I love this series, but I think Everything For Us will be the best one yet!)
  • Breaking Nova (Nova #1) by Jessica Sorensen (SOO good!! I highly recommend it!)
  • Beautiful Bombshell (Beautiful Bastard #2.5) by Christina Lauren (Not the biggest fan of Bennet and Chloe, but I loved Max and Sara, so I’ll definitely be reading this!)
  • Styxx (Dark-Hunter #23) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (This LOOONG series is one I really should read. Hmm.)
  • The Transfer (Divergent #0.1) by Veronica Roth (YAY!! FOUR!! <3)

Stripped by HM Ward My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Everything For Us by M. Leighton Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen Beautiful Bombshell by Christina Lauren Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon The Transfer by Veronica Roth

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Waiting on Wednesday {2}

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, is a weekly meme where we showcase upcoming new releases we’re excited to get our hands on!

Lacey’s pick:
Crash Into You by Katie McGarryCrash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry
Publication Date: November 26th 2013

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

Cathy’s pick:
House of Hades by Rick RiordanThe House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 8th 2013

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

Shirley’s pick:
Untold by Sarah Rees BrennanUntold (Lynburn Legacy #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publication Date: August 29th 2013

Free from bonds, but not each other

It’s time to choose sides… On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?